Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) will implement a no visitor policy, effective tomorrow, which will be restricting all non-essential visitors throughout all areas of CCMH, including the Emergency Department and Jefferson Medical Group.

According to a press release the new precautions is being taken to protect patients and staff in the facility and the community against the coronavirus, COVID-19.

There will be exceptions to the No Visitor Policy only for those individuals deemed necessary to the patient's care, including:

One dedicated parent/caregiver for pediatric or mentally disabled patients who cannot be left alone One dedicated caregiver/driver for outpatient surgery patients One dedicated caregiver/driver for outpatient services, such as Physical Therapy or other outpatient diagnostic services. Special considerations will be given to family members for patients where end of life care is being given.

Any individual granted an exception must screen negative to enter the facility.

CCMH has limited access to the main hospital through two entry points. Anyone coming into the hospital will need to enter through the Emergency Walk-in Entrance, or the CCMH Medical Plaza Entrance, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Entrance to the Jefferson Medical Pavilion will be limited to the Jefferson Street entrance only. All patients entering the facility will need to pre-screen. If patients are experiencing any symptoms of illness, they will be asked to wear a mask and seek treatment, if necessary.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services activated a statewide public hotline at 877-435-8411 for citizens needing guidance regarding COVID-19. The hotline is operated by medical professionals and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.